Writing the Tragic Romance: 7 Essential Elements to Breaking Hearts

Tragic Romance The Notebook

Heartbreak is the key feature of a tragic romance.  The central love story ends in heartbreak and, as a result, audiences walk away from the film feeling heartbroken. Most people …

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Mockumentary Scripts: The Keys to Writing a Great Mockumentary

The Office Mockumentary Script

A mockumentary is a satirical film or television show that combines documentary-style filmmaking with fictional subject matter. But although mockumentaries feature fictional events, they differ greatly from traditional narratives. And this …

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How to Write an Animated Film: 6 Vital Steps to Scripting Animation

Inside Out Animated Film Script

Have you always had an affinity for animation? Do you have a story idea that you think would be perfect for an animated film? Are you simply finding that your …

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How to Write a True Crime Movie: The 12 Key Elements to a True Crime Story

Wolf of Wall Street Jordan Belfort True Crime Story

How to Write a True Crime Movie: Working with a True Crime Story The phrase “Based on a true story” is one guaranteed to make any moviegoer perk up in …

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Looking to the Future: How Video Game Logic Can Enhance Your Screenplay

Source Code - Video Game Logic

This article will delve into the dynamic world of video games and video game logic. Many video games have been translated on-screen into video game movies, and the line between …

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How to Write a Film Noir: Utilising the 8 Essential Pillars of Film Noir

Film Noir - Double Indemnity

This article will delve into what film noir is and its common tropes. We’ll offer pointers on how to write a film noir that both honours the traditions of the …

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How To Write a Captivating Love Triangle: The ULTIMATE Guide

Hunger Games Love Triangle

How To Write a Love Triangle This article will offer some key pointers on that most time-trodden (and wildly successful) cinematic device – the love triangle – and hopefully assist those …

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How to Write a Thrilling Heist Movie (or TV series): The 10 Perfect Steps

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How to Write a Heist Movie (or TV series): The ULTIMATE 10 Steps   A band of misfits. A slick elite group. “Getting away clean”. Whatever the stakes. A heist …

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How to Write a Surrealist Film: Learn The Core Principles of Surrealism

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How to Write a Surrealist Film: The Core Principles of Surrealism Surrealist film tends to fall far from the aims of the original Surrealist movement. This article will demonstrate how …

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15 Electric Danny Boyle Quotes for Writers and Filmmakers

Danny Boyle Quotes

Forever Changing: 15 Danny Boyle Quotes for Writers and Filmmakers His mother had plans for him to go into the priesthood. But Danny Boyle left the path of Catholicism and …

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The 6 Pillars of Writing a Great Post-Apocalyptic Movie

28 Days Later - Post Apocalyptic Movie

How to Write a Great Post-Apocalyptic Movie   The post-apocalyptic movie feels eerily relevant. Deserted streets, daily political briefings, biotech-clad figures. These are no longer just science fiction fantasies. But …

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How to Write a Great Biopic: Pitfalls Screenwriters Should Avoid

Judy Garland Biopic - 'Judy'

How to Write a Biopic: Pitfalls Screenwriters Should Avoid   From BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY to JUDY, the biopic is a seriously popular modern movie genre. But having such a concrete story …

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Thriller vs Horror – Why The Subtle Differences Can Save Your Script

Thriller vs Horror, The Birds

Thriller vs Horror – What Are the Critical Differences?   In terms of movie genres, Thriller and Horror are often mistakenly confused, or even lumped in together. The truth is, …

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Save the Cat! Analysis Series: KNOCKED UP (2007)

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One of the world’s most popular screenwriting books, Blake Snyder’s Save the Cat has brought clarity and a sense of direction to thousands of screenwriters, many of whom were looking for the logical …

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OPINION: The Key to a Great Genre Hybrid

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A genre hybrid, a cross between two or more genres, can be a boon. It’s giving the audience something familiar, tapping into genre conventions, but also fresh. However, it can …

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Writing Science Fiction Screenplays

Ex Machina - Science Fiction Screenplays

Writing Science Fiction Screenplays Sci-Fi is one of those odd genres – like the Western – that among script theorists often stimulates more argument about ‘defining your terms’ than it …

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Writing Horror Screenplays: How to Write Teen Horror

Cabin in the Woods - Writing Horror Screenplays

Writing Horror Screenplays: How to Write Teen Horror From 1974’s BLACK CHRISTMAS – rightly credited with being the god-monster of the modern mainstream genre – through to every postmodern twist …

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Writing Horror Screenplays: How to Write Occult Horror

The Exorcist - Writing Horror Screenplays

Writing Horror Screenplays: How to Write Occult Horror Occult literally means ‘hidden’ so all Horror could be described as occult in the sense that all Horror deals with things that …

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Writing Horror Screenplays: How to Write Supernatural Horror

Insidious - Writing Horror Screenplays

Writing Horror Screenplays: How to Write Supernatural Horror Supernatural Horror is perhaps the most writer-friendly of all Horror sub-genres because its effectiveness really does live on the page, rather than being hostage to practical …

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Writing the Stalker Film Screenplay

Sleeping with the Enemy - classic stalker film

Writing the Stalker Film Screenplay Stalking is an inherently cinematic activity and it crops up everywhere, in every kind of story. Following people around (with a camera) is what film-makers do, …

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Why The Holy Trinity of Monster Movies are Impossible to Top

Terminator - Alien - Predator

With the arrival of GODZILLA at your local multiplex you might be thinking it’s time to get writing some monster movies of your own — how hard can it be, …

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10 Underdog Films With a Script That Beat The Odds

Being John Malkovich - Underdog Films that Beat the Odds

A Crazy Script Can Beat The Odds Every screenwriter at one time experiences the look of confusion and ridicule in the face of a friend, producer or agent when they …

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10 Great Quadrant Movies Screenwriters Can Learn From

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  With the box office increasingly dominated by big budget ‘Four Quadrant’ movies, squeezing out mid-budget releases, Industrial Scripts looks at the recipe for quadrant movies’ success in that seemingly …

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Writing Holiday Movies – Friday the 13th, Christmas and Halloween

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Writing Holiday Movies – Friday the 13th, Christmas and Halloween Friday the 13th is upon us – and to celebrate the day that Jason Voorhees first went on his killing …

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